The evenings may be crisp, but that doesn’t mean you ought to stay rugged up at home. Perth’s small bar scene is flourishing, and features everything from dimly-lit, carnival-themed basement bars to friendly neighbourhood spaces with plenty of comfy couches. Escape the frostier nights with these seven small cosy bars!
A local neighborhood bar and café in Subiaco, Bark is in fact the smallest bar in town. Don’t be deterred by this, Bark offers old-fashioned hospitality and friendly service. The bar has a relaxed vibe and great Australian beverages personally sourced by its bar team. There’s even a virtual fireplace and board games available to complete the cosy atmosphere.
Opening hours: Mon, 7:30am – 1pm; Tues-Thurs, 7:30am-1pm/ 4pm-late; Fri, 7:30am-late and Sat, 4pm-late
502 Hay St, Subiaco 6008
Step below the CBD and into the dimly-lit, enchanting Bobeche bar. Trademarked for its offering of free-flowing popcorn, this carnival-themed bar is heavily influenced by the golden era of speakeasies and is the perfect late-night hang for city bar-hoppers. Perhaps most famous for serving their cocktails in decorative teapots, Bobeche also offer a Hot Coconut Buttered Rum special during the cooler season.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs, 4pm-midnight; Fri & Sat, 4pm- 1am
Basement/131 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
Tucked away from the bustle of Northbridge, Frisk may be small – but it is filled to the brim with over 180 varieties of exquisite gin. This dog-friendly bar also offers a large selection of whisky, wine, beer and cider – and don’t skimp on the bar snacks which include cheese boards, charcoal pork jerky and even marshmallow-filled dessert toasties.
Opening hours: Tues- Sat, 4pm-1am; Sun, 2-11pm
103 Francis St, Northbridge 6003
Mrs Brown is an intimate bar housed in an old Victorian terrace in North Fremantle. Snuggle up next to its open fire, and whilst you’re comfortable, make sure to check out the venue’s impressive wine-list and selection of delicious cheese platters.
Opening hours: Mon- Thurs, 4:30pm-late; Fri & Sat, 4pm-midnight and Sun, 12pm-late
241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle 6159
Rodney’s Bait and Tackle
A quirky neighbourhood bar, Rodney’s boasts a huge collection of vintage fishing gear. Located in Mosman Park, the venue’s cosy alcove features a double-sided fireplace perfectly placed next to comfy sofas. In the evenings, expect to hear live jazz, blues and island tunes – perfectly accompanied by a drink from its boat-shaped bar.
Opening hours: Tues- Thurs, 4-11pm; Fri & Sat, 4pm-midnight and Sun, 4-9pm
598 Stirling Hwy, Mosman Park 6012
Along with its warmth and rustic brick interiors, The Cabin brings a hunting-lodge ambiance to Mount Hawthorn. Its blazing fireplace and heated balcony area are sure to entice you to stay a while while its menu is perfectly crafted for the cooler weather, featuring fresh local produce.
Opening hours: Wed & Thurs, 5-10pm; Fri & Sat, 5-11pm and Sun, 5-9pm
174 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn 6016
Le Rebelle is a three-tiered building comprised of a bistro, wine bar and cosy dining space. With The Astor Theatre close by, it’s the perfect place to grab a hearty European-style meal before a show. Feel at home at this family-owned restaurant with a glass in hand from their carefully hand-picked wine list.
Opening hours: Wed & Thurs, 5-10pm; Fri & Sat, 12-10pm
676 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley 6050
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